Simone Weil

French philosopher (1909-1943)

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A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.Rate it:
A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.Rate it:
All sins are attempts to fill voids.Rate it:
Bourgeois society is infected by monomania the monomania of accounting. For it, the only thing that has value is what can be counted in francs and centimes. It never hesitates to sacrifice human life to figures which look well on paper, such as national budgets or industrial balance sheets.Rate it:
Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors who when their turn comes, will manufacture professors.Rate it:
Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.Rate it:
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.Rate it:
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.Rate it:
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.Rate it:
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.Rate it:
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.Rate it:
Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.Rate it:
Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.Rate it:
The afflicted are not listened to. They are like someone whose tongue has been cut out and who occasionally forgets the fact. When they move their lips no ear perceives any sound. And they themselves soon sink into impotence in the use of language, because of the certainty of not being heard.Rate it:
The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, What are you going throughRate it:
There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.Rate it:
Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.Rate it:
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.Rate it:
We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.Rate it:
When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.Rate it:
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above, separated by an abyss, is the level where the highest things are achieved. These things are essentially anonymous.Rate it:
Whenever a human being, through the commission of a crime, has become exiled from good, he needs to be reintegrated with it through suffering. The suffering should be inflicted with the aim of bringing the soul to recognize freely some day that its infliction was just.Rate it:

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